A 59-year-old man, who stole four handbags from a city store, must be on his best behaviour for the next two years.
Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sargeant imposed the bond on Terry Anderson Hall, of Bagatelle Gardens, St Thomas, today after he pleaded guilty to stealing the items worth $200, belonging to Deidre Thorne, on August 5.
Thorne is the owner of a boutique located on Swan Street where the bags were on a display board at the entrance. Around 5 p.m. on the aforementioned day workers asked Hall, who was in the store, whether he was in need of any assistance. He said, ‘no’ and left.
However, about half an hour later the storeowner was informed that a man had taken a bag off the board and left without paying.
Thorne made a check of the CCTV footage and discovered that Hall, who had been in the store on two occasions, was the culprit and that he had actually left with four bags.
The matter was reported to the police and Hall was arrested along Marl Hill Street, St Michael.
At the time of his arrest, Hall, who has a criminal history, told police that he was having problems with rent money and had sold the bags to unknown persons at $40 each.
However, today he informed the magistrate that he was “a former ambassador” and he had already spoken to Thorne who was willing to accept compensation for the items.
The magistrate then imposed the bond, which carries a 12-month prison term if breached.